Cleland Davis

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Cleland Davis was a commander in the US Navy who invented and patented a gun designed for use by aircraft in flight. He also received other patents for gun designs which would reduce shock to the firing body.

Davis credited by Encyclopedia Brittanica and other sources as inventor of the first recoilless gun.[1]

Patents whose inventor or applicant is Cleland Davis

Publications by or about Cleland Davis


  1. Ian Vernon Hogg, |Artillery: Recoilless guns", Encyclopedia Brittanica 1998–2001.


Names Cleland Davis
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Countries US
Locations Philadelphia
Occupations military officer
Tech areas Military, Projectile, Ballistics, Stability
Affiliations United States Navy
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